France

Spirits in the night: Grenoble celebrate defeating Toulouse away from home, 25-22

The Top 14 and the death of l’esprit de clocher

There’s a revolution underway in French rugby, one that is having ramifications for the home nations. We’ve already seen evidence of it in October when Toulon, Toulouse and Racing Metro…

All Blacks

Autumn Tests 2014: End of series awards

The ‘In the black’ Award – New Zealand The marketeers at Adidas have their work cut out rebranding a black shirt, and this year they came up ‘the Blackest Shirt…

Keep rugby clean: Players sport anti-doping t-shirts at the 2014 JWC

Doping in rugby

IN MAY 2013, during a Scottish training camp in the lead-up to the Junior World Cup, Melrose fly-half Sam Chalmers was pulled in for a random drugs test – his…

Teddy Thomas

France: End of Autumn Series report

France’s November Tests are over and coach Philippe Saint-Andre will have seen some encouraging signs. A 40-15 victory over Fiji was followed by the heartstopping 29-26 defeat of Australia, but…

Putting the boot in:  Camille Lopez may be the man to sort out France's fly-half woes

Have France sorted out their half-back issues?

UNLUCKY 13? Philippe Saint-Andre will be hoping not. Since he became coach of France after the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Saint-Andre has gone through 12 half-back pairings in his quest…

Teddy Thomas

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

Saints Teddy Thomas: Remember the name The 21-year-old from Biarritz is the latest player to be anointed the ‘the prochaine grand chose’ in French rugby. It’s not hard to see…

Dan Carter

Autumn Series: Players to watch

The next month should give us a pretty good idea of how sides are shaping up for the Rugby World Cup. It’s the final Tests between the Northern and Southern…